Congratulations to Lolita Newman on the recent publication of her new book, Freedom Gone: Embroidered Quilts of Slave Life in the Civil War. Her personal search to find her family connection with slavery moved her to create heirlooms linking her past to the present. This led her to start Stitchin’ by the River Studio, a nod to her Louisiana roots. Lolita’s Freedom Gone quilts are rich in color and history, with beautifully embroidered depictions of the lives of slaves in the Civil War era. The seven quilts and six projects bring past stories to life, showing common chores, family life and slave quarters — and the quest for freedom.
No doubt you’ll notice many Marcus fabrics throughout its pages – we’re pleased for Lolita and happy to be a part of her wonderful work!